Organizers of the Jingle Cross are pleased to announce that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has awarded the City of Iowa City, County of Johnson County, and Jingle Cross Organization UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup for the 2017-2018 professional cyclo-cross season on Saturday September 16th, 2017. The World Cup will be part of the 3+ day Jingle Cross Oktoberfest and Cyclo-Cross Cycling Festival September 15th-17th at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. The announcement came this afternoon, January 27th, at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg.
“We are thrilled to again be selected to host this major Cyclo-Cross World Cup event. It’s an honor to welcome the world to Iowa City and Johnson County as partner hosts. All of those involved, from volunteers to participants, helped make this a spectacular event in 2016, and we hope to make it even better in 2017,” Iowa City City Manager Geoff Fruin said.
“It’s exciting news that we have again been selected to serve as a host site for the Cyclocross premier tour," said Josh Schamberger, president of the local Iowa City Coralvllle Convention and Visitors Bureau. "This is not only testament to our organizing team but that of an incredibly passionate community and state. Quite frankly, this does not happen without the support of the City of Iowa City or Johnson County.”
"I'm happy to see the return on the World Cup in Iowa City," said 13 time US women's National Champion Katie Compton. "it was a great event last year, challenging, technical and a fun race for the riders and the spectators. I also think it's a great place to have a race of that caliber since it's an easy city to travel to and great venue to host the race. I'm looking forward to racing there again in the Fall!
Newly crowned men's US National Champion Stephen Hyde said "The Race Director and his team in Iowa have put together a legitimate WC venue. The course itself is world class in both its difficulty and flow. The accommodations at the venue are some of the best I have seen and of course the hospitality is unrivaled. Honestly, they set the bar pretty high for the rest of the season."
This year's event will fall on the same weekend of another big Iowa City event, a University of Iowa Football game. Lyndsey Kent, Director of Sales, Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Jingle Cross Hospitality coordinator said “Our hotel community is anxious to welcome back visitors from around the country and around the globe this September. And to have the World Cup follow a Hawkeye home football game makes the weekend that much more exciting.” Hotel reservations for the World Cup are already open and available on this website.
With the infamous hill nicknamed Mt. Krumpit, last year's World Cup introduced the world to a challenging terrain that has long been an icon in North America racing but soon may become legend in Europe. "We proved in 2016 that Iowa City has a World Cup caliber course.," said new course director Ben Anderson who takes over the reins from long time course director Todd Gillihan in 2017. Gillihan will take over an advisory role for 2017. "We learned a ton during 2016, and have a solid list of ideas and improvements to make 2017 even better. I look forward to working with our amazing crew to bring the fun again!"
One of the highlights of the 2016 event was a phenomenal VIP experience hosted by Rick and Rosanne Hopson where guests enjoyed crafted beverages and fine food catered by some of the best local chefs in Iowa. "The VIP Experience at the Jingle Cross and Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup in Iowa City will offer our guests a comfortable and catered opportunity to enjoy the race," said VIP coordinator Rick Hopson "With VIP locations both near the start/finish and at the top of Mt. Krumpit, along with big screen monitors, our VIP's will enjoy a front row seat to the all the exciting racing action."
Besides great racing every day, this year's Jingle Cross Cyclo-Cross festival will feature DJ's, bands, and a huge 3-day Oktoberfest celebration. Registration for the Jingle Cross cycling events will open June 1st on this website. Hotel reservations are already open by following the "getting here" link above. Sponsor opportunities are also available. For updates, check back at this website or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.